For Children

Families enjoying Story Time in the Children's Department
Story Time twice a week!
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Family Lego Time!
adults and children playing with colorful sheet in hands-on exercise
Fun for Everyone!

Upcoming Events for Children


2019 Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Happy Fall to you and your family! The library is  thrilled to launch the annual pumpkin decorating contest again this year. Patrons of all ages are encouraged to use their imaginations and get creative in decorating their own pumpkins.

Prizes will be awarded for three different categories: most creative use of decorating media, creepiest pumpkin and scariest pumpkin; and three different age groups: children, young adult and adult.

Pumpkins should be dropped off between Monday, October 14 and Thursday, October 17 at 8 p.m. 

Entries will be publicly displayed in the library. Voting will begin the afternoon of Friday, October 18 through Saturday, October 26 at 8 p.m. Winners will be announced the following week. After voting ends, participants may pick up their pumpkins.



Do not carve or puncture your pumpkin, or use fresh produce of any kind. No electronics or flames will be accepted. Pumpkins are subject to disposal if pumpkins start to degrade, and the library reserves the right to refuse any pumpkin deemed inappropriate.

• Participants may use real or artificial pumpkins.

• Be creative! Use paint, paper, beads, feathers, markers, etc.

One entry per person. Participants may work together to create a pumpkin, but there will be one prize awarded if it’s deemed a winning pumpkin.

• Please make sure pumpkins are family-friendly, so everyone can enjoy it.

• Do not put names on pumpkins. Each pumpkin will be assigned a number.

• All content must be secure enough to be moved throughout the library.

Pumpkins must be at the library by 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2019.

• Pumpkins must be picked up by November 1 or they will be discarded.



Download the contest flyer/entry form.


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Battle of the Books 2020

We are thrilled to bring Battle of the Books to the library again this year! Battle of the Books 2020 will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2020. 

Battle of the Books is an academic competition in which teams are questioned on their knowledge of six books, provided by Peabody Public Library. This competition is open to students in grades 3-5 and 6-8 in Whitley County.

• Participants may register online here

• Download the General Rules here

• Download the Letter to Educators here

Registration is open until October 4, 2019.

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NEWS: Peabody Public Library receives grants to support exciting new offerings for the community



COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (September 14, 2019) – Peabody Public Library was recently awarded two grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLA) and the Indiana State Library (ISL) to provide new experiences, and expand offerings to community members.

One of the grants will help fund a new program offered by the youth services department, called “Wild About Wetlands.” Peabody Public Library is the only public library in the State of Indiana located on a wetland.

“The library sits on a beautiful 15-acre wetland, and we want to utilize this natural space,” said Peabody Public Library Youth Services Librarian Mary Graber.

The Wild About Wetlands program will encourage children who visit the library, to be explorers, spend time outdoors, and learn about the wetlands.

“Studies have shown that spending time outside strengthens mental health, improves conservation attitudes, academic achievement, and improves social skills and relationships,” said Graber. “We can offer children a space where they can explore a natural environment and learn about native wetlands.”

The library will host nature programs and organize educational activities for children. The awarded funds will provide tools for children such as: microscopes, compasses, binoculars, night vision scopes, tablets, an underwater drone and several more items.

Another grant was awarded to the library for preserving historical materials.

“With funding from this grant we’ll be able to digitize historical items such as: handwritten ledger books, board meeting minutes dating back to the library’s inception in 1901, photos, slides and more,” said Peabody Public Library Adult Services Librarian Katy Southern.

Prominent community members such as Thomas R. Marshall, former governor and Vice President of the United States, served on the library board of directors, and is mentioned throughout board meeting minutes.

The grant will fund: a large format graphics scanner, large format document scanner, two laptops, a mobile workstation and intern salary during the grant term.

“This will allow us to specifically preserve more women’s history locally as well,” said Southern. “Many women’s history collections have been lost over the course of time, because archivists traditionally deemed them less important.”

Want to stay up-to-date with what’s happening at Peabody Public Library? Visit and follow the library on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.”




The Peabody Public Library serves all individuals as a pathway to learning, culture and entertainment. The library has served individuals in Whitley County since 1901. In 1917, Simon J. Peabody donated lands and funds build Peabody Public Library on North Main Street in Columbia City, and it continued to serve the community well for many years. In 1999, the new state-of-the-art Peabody Public Library was built in Columbia City. The 29,688-square-foot facility located off Hwy 205, sits on 14-acres, and is the only library in the State of Indiana that is located on a wetland.



Mary Graber – (Peabody Public Library) 260-244-5541

Katy Southern – (Peabody Public Library) 260-244-5541

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September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

Did you know if you live in Columbia City, Columbia or Thorncreek Townships your Evergreen Membership at the Peabody Public Library is already PAID for through your property taxes? High five!

If you live in a township outside of the service area listed above, but live in the Whitley County Consolidated School district, you’re eligible for student cards for just $5 per year, and adult memberships for $70 per year.

If you sign up or renew your membership during the month of September, you could be eligible to win some awesome prizes! Prizes this year include:

• A free upgrade from a student card to an Evergreen card. This card is good at other participating libraries in the state, so you can check out other libraries nearby!

• A non-resident member can get their second year of membership for FREE.

• Individuals who sign up or renew their regular (PLAC) cards will be entered in a drawing to win a $25 Bones Theatre gift card.

• Everyone will be entered to win a Google Home Mini!

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Crafty Art Camp

The library is hosting our own “Crafty Art Camp” July 29 – August 2. Join us for this free program, and get creative with us outside! Ages 8+ (children younger than 8 years of age may attend if accompanied by an adult).

Check out the projects!



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News: Peabody Public Library offers ‘A Universe of Stories’ through Summer Reading Program


COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (June 7, 2019) – Peabody Public Library invites patrons of all ages to be a part of their Summer Reading program, “A Universe of Stories.”

The 6-week program launched June 3, and will run through July 13. The Summer Reading program encourages patrons of all ages to participate in reading and hands-on activities throughout the six weeks.

“This summer we have something for everyone. We have family programs that include: an inflatable planetarium, HAM radio, Professor Steve, Bubble Trouble and Space Rockets with Johnny Tincap. We also have a ‘Crafternauts’ program for crafters, Universe of Stories Time, a cooking program, Escape Rooms, video game challenges and more. There’s always something to do at the library,” said Peabody Public Library Youth Services Librarian Mary Graber.

With ongoing classes and activities, the library’s Summer Reading program is a great opportunity for families to spend time with one another, and for people to meet and connect with new community members.

“The Adult Services Department, is embracing this year’s theme by offering a wide range of programs, including jewelry-making, creating space-themed terrariums, exploring various types of painting, and showing several ‘B’ movies. Our goal is to make the Summer Reading program as fun and accessible for adults in our community as possible. And of course, teens are also welcome to attend our programs,” said Peabody Adult Services Librarian Katy Southern.

The reading portion of the program is Bingo-style, meaning each patron will fill spaces on their cards after completing reading exercises. And what’s a game of Bingo without prizes? The library has lots of prizes to give away as participants fill up their cards.

Patrons can pick up Bingo cards at the library or download them online here.

Special thanks to the Friends of the Library volunteer group for helping raise funds to support the program.

Want to stay up-to-date on all events, classes and programming at the library? Follow the library on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for event and class updates, and visit and click the “calendar” icon on the homepage to check out the library’s online calendar.





The Peabody Public Library serves all individuals as a pathway to learning, culture and entertainment. The library has served individuals in Whitley County since 1901. In 1917, Simon J. Peabody donated lands and funds build Peabody Public Library on North Main Street in Columbia City, and it continued to serve the community well for many years. In 1999, the new state-of-the-art Peabody Public Library was built in Columbia City. The 29,688-square-foot facility located off Hwy 205, sits on 14-acres, and is the only library in the State of Indiana that is located on a wetland.



Mary Hartman (Peabody Public Library) – 260-244.5541 or

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The results are in…Battle of the Books 2019

We had another FANTASTIC Battle of the Books event this year! On Saturday, March 23 we had 168 players and nearly 200 spectators at our 2019 Battle of the Books event at the library! We had 17 teams in the elementary school division, and 14 teams in the middle school division.

Congratulations to ALL the participants who worked so hard, it was a fun day for everyone!


2019 Battle of the Books Results:

Elementary School Division
1st Book Bosses from Little Turtle Elementary
Samantha Lickey
Audree Johnson
Braylynn Leazier
RJ Farris
Gavin Jones
Cece Noonnan


2nd Busco Eagle Readers from Churubusco Elementary
Kalli Williams
Charlotte Elliot
Delaney Ott
Clair Wagner


3rd Mast Maniacs from Churubusco Elementary
Jillian Wright
Cohen Egolf
Addison Reed
Patty Wiggs
Saige Merrill
Ali Hall


Middle School Division
1st Title Wave Turtles Indian Springs
Alina Houser
Airia Drummond
Lily Gladd
Ava Ward


2nd Traditionally Lit Readers Indian Springs
Eleanor Schmitt
Annabell Hoag
Kylee Ousley
Allison Crump
Tangie Hively


3rd Lit Library Lizards from Indian Springs
Sydney Bersel
Austin L. Shively
Andrew Brubaker
Melora Henney
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Spring Break FUN at the library! April 1 – 7

Staying home for spring break? Come hang with us at the library! Beginning April 1, we’ll have lots of spring break activities and classes happening at the library, from a scavenger hunt to balloon twisting, wild Ramen noodles and more! Bring a friend or pack up the whole family. But travel light, because you don’t have to travel far!

Check out our online calendar to see what’s happening at the library.


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Peeps on Parade! Peeps Diorama Contest 2019

Peeps on Parade is back at the library! What can you create with some imagination and cute little Peep marshmallows? Make your own diorama with Peeps and enter the contest! This contest is open to all ages.

Dioramas should be dropped off between 9 a.m. Monday, March 25 and 5:59 p.m. Friday, March 29. 

Learn more about the contest, and download the contest flyer and entry form here.

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We value your feedback! Youth Services Survey

Our Youth Services Department wants to learn more about how we can best serve YOU! We truly value your feedback, and would greatly appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to complete this survey. Please feel free to share this link with family and friends.

If you prefer to complete a hard copy of the survey, we also have surveys available at the library for patrons to complete.

The survey closes on February 28. 

Thank you!

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Online Resources

Preschool & Elementary Resources With 3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities,’s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-6+). From Age of Learning, Inc. Free for use in our library.


A to Z logo

AtoZ the USA brings one of the most geographically, culturally, and ethnically diverse countries in the world to life in a beautifully-illustrated resource designed especially for libraries and schools. It contains more than 115 country-based articles and 115 state articles for each of the 50 US states, five US territories, and the District of Columbia. Library patrons and students will find unmatched coverage of the country’s people, history, economy, geography, symbols, culture, and society.

A to Z World Food LogoAtoZ World Food is a food culture, and traditional recipes database for 174 countries, with articles on food culture and ingredients, recipes, timelines, and high quality photos. gives parenting and educational ideas for parents of preschoolers. From the DEKKO foundation.


Explora for Elementary Schools, from Inspire is a student interface designed for use in Kindergarten through grade 5 with a focus on the Arts, Literature, Biography, Current Events, Geography and Culture, Health, History, Math, Science and more. Available within the state of Indiana.

Kanopy logo
Kanopy Kids brings you thoughtful entertainment for children aged preschool and up. Parents can trust in a curated selection of educational and enriching videos on Kanopy Kids with developmentally appropriate, age-based ratings from Common Sense Media, as well as additional parental controls to keep kids safe. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. See FAQ page for more information.


PBS kids is an online site with educational games linked to PBS Kids television shows, including Arthur, Bob the Builder, Caillou, The Cat in the Hat, Curious George, Cyberchase, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Design Squad, Dinosaur Train, The Electric Company, Fizzy’s Lunch Lab, Martha Speaks, Nature Cat, Odd Squad, Oh Noah!, Peg + Cat, Plum Landing, Ready Jet Go!, SciGirls, Sesame Street, Sid the Science Kid, Super Why!, Thomas and Friends, Wild Kratts, and Word Girl.


Storyline Online logo

Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.

Children & Pre-Teen Book Clubs

Note: These book clubs are self-paced and are not on the calendar.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Research indicates that reading every day with your child can help strengthen the relationship between child and parent, as well as create a love of learning that helps children succeed later in school. Peabody Public Library offers this program to children at least 18 months old until they start kindergarten. Contact the Children’s Department to find out how you can enroll your preschooler in the 1000 Book Club.

I Can Read!

This program is designed to motivate children in K – 2nd grade to build their reading skills. As children learn to read, the world around them opens to new vocabulary, interests, and possiblilities. The goal of this program is for the student to read to an adult or by themselves. Any Early Readers books can be read for the program. Each book that the student reads is recorded in a reading log, and completed reading logs are turned in for rewards. We hope this program will foster independent reading as well as a lifelong love of reading.

100 Books Before High School

This program is designed to encourage children from 3rd – 8th grade to increase their reading skills and introduce them to different genres of books. The list of over 150 books is a combination of fiction, historical fiction, classics, non-fiction and popular titles (click here to open the list in PDF format). When students have read 10 books, they can turn in evaluations and receive a book of their choice to keep from our collection of new paperback books. We hope this program will instill a lifelong love of books!

Reading Suggestions – Children & Teens